More disruption on Lancashire to Manchester rail route

Emergency repairs to a bridge damaged by a burst water main will impact road and rail travel between Lancashire and Manchester for several weeks.

Friday, 25th August 2017, 11:06 am
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:58 pm
The work at Moses Gates
The work at Moses Gates

A burst water pipe caused a section of Moses Gate bridge to collapse onto the railway below and created a hole in the road above on August 17.

Network Rail says major engineering work is needed to make the bridge and highway safe before both the road and railway can be reopened.

The work means the railway line between Bolton and Manchester will remain closed next week and it is anticipated a reduced train service will be in place for the following four weeks.

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Replacement buses will be in place for passengers wishing to travel via Bolton on the Blackpool North-Manchester line, with travellers advised to check individual journeys in advance.

Andy Morgan, senior sponsor for Network Rail, said: “We are working round the clock to repair the damaged bridge and get train customers and road-users on the move as normal through this area.

“Repairing the water-damaged bridge is a complex engineering challenge requiring a bespoke design.

“We are working closely with Bolton Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and United Utilities to safely carry out the repairs so the railway line.”

Rob Warnes, performance and planning director for Northern, said: “We are working alongside Network Rail to keep our passengers on the move through Bolton, with a fleet of rail replacement buses. We advise all customers to check before they travel to make sure they have the most up to date information via the Northern website.”

The railway through the area has been closed because of upgrade work at Bolton station as part of the Great North Rail Project. The line was due to open today.